Ship Flying Liberian Flag Seized At Philadelphia Port With 15,500 Kilos Of Cocaine, Worth US$1 Billion On Board
Shipping containers full of illegal drugs have been found and seized by federal authorities at a Philadelphia port in what federal authorities describe as the largest seizure in the region’s history.
The Ship MSC GAYANE is a Container Ship built in 2018 and currently sailing under the flag of Liberia.
A senior law enforcement official said more than 15,500 kilos of cocaine were found in seven containers, which were found aboard a cargo ship, the MSC Gayane, that previously stopped in Colombia, Chile, Panama and the Bahamas.
U.S. Attorney William McSwain said the ship contained enough cocaine to “kill millions of people.”
After a stop in Philadelphia, the ship was scheduled to stop at ports of call in Europe, including in France and The Netherlands.
At least two crew members of the Gayane have been charged with trafficking, according to a complaint filed Tuesday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Other crew members were also allegedly involved, the complaint charges.